Joint RCMP – CBSA Investigation Keeps Dangerous Prohibited Weapons off the Streets

Hamilton, Ontario – On July 13th, 2017 members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment Border Integrity Response Team (BIRT) in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) executed a warrant at a residence in Hamilton, ON following an investigation into the importation of prohibited weapons.

On June 19, 2017, CBSA intercepted a package from China, destined for Hamilton, ON. During inspection of the package, CBSA confirmed it to contain two flashlight stun guns. This was just one of a series of prohibited weapons importations attempted by the same person. The RCMP were subsequently alerted and the investigation led to the execution of a search warrant and arrest.

As a result of this investigation 3 additional prohibited weapons were seized during the execution of the search warrant and one subject from the Hamilton area has been arrested.

Fadi BASHORI, 34 years of age was arrested and charged with Importing a Prohibited Weapon and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Prohibited Weapon.

“Preventing dangerous prohibited weapons from entering Canada is important because the RCMP is committed to keeping Canadians and Canadian Communities safe and secure.” stated Staff Sergeant Lucio De Simone, Acting Officer in Charge of the Hamilton-Niagara RCMP Detachment, “This is an excellent example of the positive results achieved through ongoing cooperation between the RCMP and the CBSA.”

“The CBSA works co-operatively with the RCMP to protect the health and safety of Canadians and to maintain the security of Canadian society,” stated Norm Sheridan, Acting Regional Director General of the Greater Toronto Area Region, CBSA. “This arrest highlights the importance of the partnership between the RCMP and the CBSA, who work together to keep illegal weapons off the streets.”

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Canada Border Services Agency
Hamilton-Niagara Regional RCMP

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